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Photograph taken by Gertrude Bell in India, February 1903


Kali Temple - of Bengali structure - dedicated to Kali the black goddess and a form of Shakti. According to legend, after the death of Sati (Shiva's wife) she was cut into pieces and part of her body fell here, marking the spot as a pitha (pilgrimage site) for worshippers of the female principle of divinity - Shakti. Indians crowding in foreground.

Reference code
Bell, Gertrude Margaret Lowthian
Creation Date
Photograph Album Caption by Gertrude Bell
Kalighat - Calcutta, the Temple
Former reference
RTW 2_259
Photograph album
India ยป Kolkata
IIIF Manifest